Food Storage Safety

Your food storage safety must be considered whenever you are assembling your long-term food supply. After all of that hard work and money, you don't want your food storage to fall victim to a disaster of its own. As you develop your food storage system, keep these thoughts in mind:

  • Store your food in a cool, dry place away from a lot of sunlight.
  • Store your food in airtight containers where possible.
  • Avoid placing your food storage containers directly on the floor. The higher off the ground, the better. If you were in a flood, you wouldn't want your food storage underwater. Consider food storage shelving of some type if possible.
  • 10# tin cans are commonly used for food storage. With the proper lid, they keep products fresh, dry and they do not change the taste of the food like other containers will.
  • Keep meats and other perishable items in a freezer or refrigerator. Freezing often considerably extends the shelf life of most products. Do not rely heavily on these types of items, however, as you need to plan as if you will not have electricity. Keep your refrigerator less than 40 degrees F and your freezer less than 32 degrees F.


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